Firing is the most critical part of the ceramics process because it is the one thing that makes clay durable, hence ceramic. This article presents some of the principles of firing and getting the best results with electric kilns.
Electric Kiln Firing
Electric kiln firing is probably the most common firing method but that doesn’t mean that it has to yield the most common results. Creative potters and ceramic artists are doing amazing and beautiful things with electric kilns and here you’ll read articles and see incredible work that proves it. Plus, if you haven't already, be sure to download your free copy of the Electric Kiln Firing Techniques and Tips: Inspiration, Instruction and Glaze Recipes for Electric Ceramic Kilns, a collection of articles detailing how creative potters and ceramic artists are using electric kilns to create exquisite ceramic art.
If you have ever had problems with pin holing or dunting, slow cooling your kiln could be the solution you are looking for. But slow cooling also can produce cool surface effects in your glazes. In today’s post, an excerpt from our free download Techniques and Tips for Electric Kilns: Instructions and Glaze Recipes for… Read More »
Having adequate ventilation for electric kilns promotes a safe work environment. Find out what you need to do to ventilate your kiln room.
There is something magical about the unpredictable surface effects that result from atmospheric firing techniques. Unfortunately, these types of kilns aren’t accessible to many potters.But, as Steven Hill points out in today’s post (an excerpt from the March 2012 issue of Ceramics Monthly), firing to cone 6 in an electric kiln does not mean you… Read More »
shots of a plate with glaze containing titanium and cobalt, strike fired to cone 018, by Bill Boyd, Galliano Island, British Columbia, Canada.It used to be thought that crystalline glazes were only possible in an oxidation atmosphere. But as many more potters become seduced by these intriguing glazes, new and exciting discoveries – including developing… Read More »
It goes without saying that kilns are a crucial part of the ceramic process. Without them, your work will not last (or be usable!). Electric kilns are the most easily accessible type of kiln, and they are pretty straightforward, but it still can be difficult to know what you should look for when purchasing an electric kiln. In today’s post,… Read More »
To get the most out of commercial ceramic glazes in your electric kiln, you need to understand the product descriptions on the package. What do the manufacturers mean when they say opaque, semi transparent, or translucent, and do their descriptions match the descriptions in your head? Of course, the best way to find this out… Read More »
Jonathan Kaplan was bored with his cone 6 glaze surfaces. So he tweaked his cone 6 glazes and his firing schedule to add some “oomph” to his electric-kiln-fired ceramic surfaces. Today, in an excerpt from our newly expanded free download Techniques and Tips for Electric Kilns, he shares his techniques for enlivening Cone 6… Read More »
After high firing in a gas kiln for 25 years, Wickford, Rhode Island, potter Harry Spring was forced by circumstances to switch to electric. This was quite an adjustment, as Spring had come to depend on the serendipitous effects that are part of the magic of reduction firing. But, adjust he did. Today he… Read More »